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Xandros Open Circulation Edition (OCE) 3.02
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Description: Xandros provides primarily desktop software, aimed at both businesses and consumers. Once known as Corel Linux, Xandros is now in its third major version (the first version under the Xandros name came out in 2002). Each successive version has become more finely tuned to its purpose - to provide a very easy to install, maintain, and use desktop system that is suitable either for home or business.

The Open Circulation Edition is definitely targeted at consumers, but it is possible to use it as a means to evaluate whether or not it is appropriate to deploy in an business office.

I recommend it highly for either home or office. The software is so easy to install that anyone who has ever installed software without going into a state of panic could most certainly install this software. The easiest installation scenario can be accomplished with as little as four clicks.

Xandros has a clean installation, which simply asks you whether you want to install it on your entire disk or if you want to share the system with existing systems. The installation gives you an easy set of installation choices which give you a modest degree of flexibility but an easy set of choices. For the novice, accepting the default selections results in reasonable choices, something that cannot be said for many other systems which claim to be easy to install.

I have clocked Xandros installations at between fifteen and twenty minutes. I did not clock this particular installation, but it was somewhere close to that range. The only mildly disconcerting thing is that at the very beginning of the installation, there are only a few messages that come up. Xandros takes care of hardware configuration automatically, and it worked well on my system, but during that phase, it masks what it is really doing and doesn't say or do much of anything. It worked fine for me, and this relative silence is fine. Lycoris, Blue Linux, and Caldera Open Linux, all based on Caldera, used to allow you to play Solitaire during the installation. Since Xandros is otherwise quiet, that might be a nice thing to make optionally available to those who are sitting by, or at least tell them to wait for ten to twenty minutes, then check back.

Once operational, again Xandros does not disappoint. Menus are clean and well organized with easy to identify titles. This distro is not overly jammed with software. Perhaps some program that you might want may be absent, but being Debian based, if you have a broadband network, getting more software is a breeze.

Speaking of that, if you are not conversational with Debian packaging, no problem with Xandros. It has Xandros Networks, one of the easiest proprietary (but free) software package management programs around. If you know what you are doing, you can supplement (or replace) it with Debian apt-get or synaptic packages by changing the /etc/apt/sources.list file, which identifies where software updates come from, but if you do not know about such things, Xandros insulates you very well from them. You can have it either way with this software.

I recommend it especially to newbies. The veterans might not like it as much since it simplifies many things, but some veterans may also appreciate it simply because it works so well.

I was able to get the Xandros File Manager to fail by using it as a Web browser and visit pages with Visual Basic script that made the browser vanish, but that happened once and has not happened over and over again. Overall stability and responsiveness has been very good.

I definitely recommend this software, especially to beginners, but I also believe that this software will appeal to a fairly wide audience. The only reason it doesn't get more recognition is that the company is small and has a modest marketing budget. That doesn't keep this distro from being best in its class. Recommended.
Keywords: Xandros OCE 3.02 - wonderful, easy to use desktop system


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Old 07-11-2006, 08:14 PM   #1
crenclan
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Distribution: various
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: Easy install. Everything works except wireless.
Cons: Can't get wireless lan to work.



I'm new to linux, so my opinion may be of limited value. I've tried several distros. Xandros seems to be the easiest for me to use. It loads easily, It had all the drivers I needed, except wireless lan, but that has been the case with all distros I've tried. I have been able to do more things & run more programs with it. I've tried Mandriva, mandriva 1, Linspire, ubuntu, puppy, suse live, knoppix & others I can't remember. I like xandros the best. Suse is my 2nd choice.
 
Old 08-02-2006, 05:49 PM   #2
angryfirelord
 
Registered: Dec 2005
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: easy to use, KDE-based desktop (just my preference)
Cons: Wi-Fi needed configuring, some outdated software


This is a good Distro especially for those who want to get into Linux. It autodetected everything including "part" of the Wi-Fi. I say part because some configuring still had to be done through KDE Control center. Remember to check set gateway as default gateway and DHCP (in my case).

Now for the bad. The Xandros networks is nice, but it only gives you Firefox up to 1.0.7. It froze 2 times when I tried to apply a setting in KDE control Center. Also, for some weird reason, Openoffice refused to start. Also, CD burning is limited to the lowest supported speed of the cd burner (usually 4x) and no DVD burning at all.

A nice disto, but I feel that Xandros has crippled this version a little much with the burning and updates compared to other free distros (namely PCLinuxOS).
 
Old 09-17-2006, 02:56 PM   #3
gendoikari
 
Registered: Sep 2006
Distribution: xandros
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: works with everything i need
Cons: sucks at what my freinds and family need, no gnome


I want gnome but i cant get it.
Its easy capable but not compatible
 
Old 01-03-2007, 08:05 PM   #4
ceannbuck
 
Registered: Apr 2006
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: easy to install,firefoxand thunderbird rmail good
Cons: a good beginners distro,Does all thats necessary


Tried others but this was one of the easiest to get started
 
Old 03-16-2007, 10:32 AM   #5
gendoikari
 
Registered: Sep 2006
Distribution: xandros
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Pros: lots of easy acess to downloads
Cons: too slow, too many "Buy Xandros NOW!"ads


really, I stop using it a long time ago
 
Old 02-01-2008, 02:52 AM   #6
Alex2008
 
Registered: Jan 2008
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

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What can I say about this distribution, simply that it works, it detected my windows partition and automatically partioned my harddisk, (I still need windows for games) instead of having to spend hours getting my graphics card, my sound card, my modem, and printer working, it just detected them and I was set to go. In just half an hour I was ready to go, I'm still trying to work out what the catch is, but all I can say is it's just nice to have something that just works.

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